Whether you are looking for a new home sweet home in Lancaster, California or just spending a vacation there, be sure to include a trip to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. This beautiful California State Natural Reserve has been preserving California’s state flower, the California Poppy, for the past 40 years. Established in 1976, the Poppy Reserve provides a location for the native plants of the Mojave Desert to bloom and grow without encroaching land development covering the tender blossoms.
The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is home to not only the California Poppy, but also to lupine, coreopsis, owl’s clover, goldfields, and cream cups. While most of the bloom season occurs between mid-February and May each year, there are also beautiful cacti and native grasses that cover the hills and fields of the reserve.
Some say that the desert is a lonely beauty, where the wide expanse of land and rock is unencumbered by much vegetation. It is magnificent to see in all the seasons of the year. During the spring, the color of the hills changes on an almost daily basis as the wildflowers bloom. Come daily to watch the magnificence of the natural world.
There are over 8 miles of walking paths in the California Poppy Reserve, part of them paved for wheelchair access. Visitors must remain on the trails in order to preserve the integrity of the wild landscape, but the path takes you right through the heart of the blooms, grasses, and other plants of the Mojave.
Walking paths are maintained for the comfort of visitors, so please stay on the paths and remember that only service dogs are allowed.
Mojave Desert Facts
The California Poppy Reserve rests between 2600-3000 ft. above sea level, classifying it as a high desert. The Mojave Desert is the smallest and the driest of the North American deserts and is named after the Mohave tribe who lived in the area. The Mojave Desert is also the home to two other parks, the Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley.
Evidence of pre-historic life has been found in the Mojave Desert, dating back as far as 10,000 years ago. At the time, the desert wasn’t much of a desert. It would have been filled with lakes, more plentiful animals, and a much wetter climate.
This treasure of native flora and fauna is worth taking the time to visit and explore, and is just one of the many reasons to choose the Antelope Valley area for your home sweet home.